Returning locals and visitors entering Malaysia will be required to pay for mandatory quarantine in hotels, from 1 June onwards.

This was announced by the Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob on Wednesday (20 May), The New Straits Times reported.

Speaking at a press conference, he said the National Security Council would require returning locals to foot 50% of the hotel accommodation cost, while non-locals including permanent residents would be required to foot the full hotel accommodation cost. 

Those who wish to return to the country will also have to sign an agreement letter to acknowledge that they would pay for the accommodation; the letter can be obtained from the Embassy of Malaysia's headquarters at their respective countries. All airline companies have also been instructed by the Immigration Department to include this agreement letter as a condition before allowing for departure and entry into Malaysia.

Minister Ismail Sabri added: "As I mentioned previously, many permanent resident pass holders who married a Malaysian, and are required to undergo compulsory quarantine, had refused to pay the cost for hotel accommodation.

"Now, we want them to sign the agreement letter before they are allowed to return and enter the country, so that they are clear that they are the ones who will have to bear the cost of the hotel accommodation."

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